Just for Me!: Egypt. There has never been a better time to go to Egypt as there are less crowds and it seems like a new discovery every day. See the Cairo To Khartoum tour.
Andrea’s dream trips:
With the Kids: Return to India! I loved India and can’t wait to show my kids around. The top priority while I’m there would be Castle Bijaipur to enjoy this beautiful heritage property, ride horses and take jeep drives! While the cities in India were amazing, I can’t wait to get into the country and meet the people and have an adventure. See the Rajasthan Family Adventure tour.
Traveling with Andrea: Mongolia. On the ski lift I used to quiz her on the capitals of the world and she never got Ulan Bator! I would take Andrea to Mongolia so we could come full circle. See the Mongolia – Land of the Great Khan tour.
Now that every thing has started to calm down after the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to plan your Winter getaway. While the weather starts to become cold, wet or maybe even snowy, wouldn’t it be fabulous to skip off to a tropical region where it’s warm and sunny? It’s not too late to plan a trip to Thailand, in fact, now is actually the best time to book a stay at the luxurious Four Seasons Chiang Mai, as we are offering 10% off accommodation booked now for travel during January 6-31st, 2018 in a Residence type room.
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful properties, not only in Thailand but in the whole of South East Asia. Located about 30 minutes out of town, everything, from the service and design of the hotel to the extensive gardens and surrounding rice paddy fields, is flawless. Once you’re there, you won’t want to leave! And that’s okay because we recommend booking an extended stay and using the Four Seasons as your base to explore. During the days, Journeys Within can plan you personalized experiences, such as playing with the baby elephants or trekking to a local village and you can add in some free days to explore the resort, use one of their free bikes to explore the surrounding area or even learn how to plant rice.
Contact April or Andrea to start planning your Winter Escape to Chiang Mai now!
I do hope you are well and looking forward to the festive season.
The purpose of this letter is firstly to welcome you to the world of Wild Frontiers and to say how happy, and proud I am that we have teamed up with Andrea and her passionate team at Journeys Within.
As a fellow member of the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists list, I first met Andrea at a summit in Los Angeles some six years ago. Chatting to her over the course of the event it became very clear to me that we both shared the same travel ethos – that of striving to give our guests the best possible travel experience, while also being sympathetic to the communities and environments we were lucky enough to be traveling through.
And I thought then if we could ever join forces it would make a wonderful match. So I am delighted that six years on this dream has become a reality.
As far as Wild Frontiers is concerned, I founded and launched the business in 2002, principally out of my knowledge of travel in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bhutan. As a travel writer and journalist before becoming a tour operator – during which time I wrote three books and made one Discovery Channel film – I knew many far flung countries and soon the business expanded. With a team of dedicated travel consultants here in London, plus an office in Delhi, we now offer expert travel advice to around 70 destinations, from Argentina to Algeria and India to Iran. We have our own charitable foundation and in 2012 we were awarded the Guardian/Observer Best Ethical Travel Company Award.
So it is my fervent wish that we at Wild Frontiers can emulate worldwide what Andrea, April and their team in Cambodia have given you in Southeast Asia. We will do all we can to make sure that the same level of service and knowledge is offered wherever you choose to go.
I wish you a very happy festive season and happy travels in 2018.
Welcome to Wild Frontiers!
If you haven’t read Andrea Ross’ letter about the merger with Wild Frontiers, you can do so here.
Fifteen years ago when I first visited Southeast Asia, I could never have imagined the amazing journey I would go on; and now, another exciting chapter is being written and the adventure continues…
First, a little background: In March of 2017, I had hit a wall. I was physically and emotionally exhausted and I felt that my time as CEO and owner of Journeys Within should come to a close. So I did what any exhausted parent would do and headed to Disneyworld.
After being rejuvenated by the happiest place on earth, I came back to work and realized that I actually love what I do. I love working with clients, I love my team, and I love travel in general. The problem was, I don’t love spreadsheets or profit and loss statements and I felt that I needed and wanted a change.
Going out on a limb I called Jonny Bealby of Wild Frontiers Travel. I’ve known Jonny for years through the Condé Nast TravelerTop Travel Specialists list and I’ve always admired his company, his tours and his dedication to the people and countries he visits. I explained to him that I wanted to offer our travelers more options and expand our trip offerings, but that I was also tired of running the show. A few phone calls and some in-person meetings later and Journeys Within is now a proud member of the Wild Frontiers family.
Wild Frontiers Travel is an adventure travel company based in the U.K. and Jonny had been looking to expand to the U.S. for the last couple of years. Happily for all of us, my phone call gave him the opportunity to do just that – using Journeys Within as his Wild Frontiers base in the U.S.
For me it means that my team can continue to do what we do – provide amazing tours to Southeast Asia – but our office is growing and we will now also host a sales team for the amazing Wild Frontiers trips around the world.
This last month I was lucky enough to visit India and actually kick the tires of a Wild Frontiers tour. India was astounding, the places we visited and the people I met added an amazing new chapter to my travel-life book and I honestly can’t wait to go back…with the kids this time! I also have a huge appreciation for the team Jonny has set up there and it reaffirmed to me that being part of the Wild Frontiers family is something to be proud of.
I’m thrilled to be working with Jonny and I’m excited to help Wild Frontiers expand to the U.S. Above all else, I’m glad that our team is here and we are now able to offer even more to you, our travelers.
Feel free to give me a call anytime so we can plan YOUR next adventure!<
Sometimes, the stress of everyday life and the state of the world leaves us thirsting for serenity. Fortunately, it can be found if you just know where to get away to.
In the slideshow below, we feature a few of our favorite retreats throughout the region. Even if you can’t plan a trip there now, sometime just gazing at the photos and picturing yourself there helps us feel a little more relaxed…
Alms to monks in Luang Prabang (Photo: Michelle Trader)